Wild Tales – Wild

Take a normal thing. Shake it. Upside down. Sideways. Shake it till you are content. Now, what you have is the same thing, but twisted. 

Wild Tales is an Argentine-Spanish movie. It has six tales. Each one in its own setting and characters. Mine favorite is Pasternak.

These tales are wild for sure. But for them to be wild, they follow a safe path that never makes them ridiculous, saving them from absurdness at the same time. They have passion driven characters, who just let themselves go. Contemplation takes a backseat and its pure passion. The separate tales are like thoughts of an person who often wonders with what would happen situations. The comic element is one which is left for the viewer to find. 

I liked this movie. I found it hilarious. 

Moonrise Kingdom – Let’s Run

Monday is an odd day. People have work to do. I got none. So I watched a movie.

It’s Moonrise Kingdom. A movie by Wes Anderson.

It has a runtime of some 1 hour and 35 minutes. It runs fast when it has to, settling down once in a while to offer some humorous bits.

So, Sam and Suzy are two kids. Sam is an orphan and Suzy lives with a quirky family. They aren’t liked by anyone. Misunderstood kids. They meet at Church and become pen pal. They find comfort in letters and one day, they decide to run away. Then, the whole island searches for them with a storm looming over them.

It is told like a fairy tale. It settles itself to you, making sure you are at ease with its oddities and then, it presents subtle twists and turns. The dissatisfaction of adults with their lives while having the urge to run away, presents itself with the kids. The difference, the kids run away. Maybe it is deeply rooted in young ones that life is their play and they shouldn’t be afraid to grab it and shake it until it’s right, or atleast feels right.

Hindi Medium

Society is primitive aspect of humans living together in harmony. Time passed by, and divisions were created. Poor and rich. Middle class and upper class. Now there is upper-middle class and lower-middle class too, and I don’t know what they mean.


A still from Hindi Medium. Taken from a random facebook page.

Raj Batra lives in Chandni Chowk, or Puraani Dilli. He leads a happy life. He has everything a common man yearns for; a car, a business and a happy family. A middle class man, he is happy with what he has and where he is. But his wife isn’t. She aspires to be like rich people. She wants to live their lives. To do that, they have got money. Maybe Raj is successful in his business. Two things remain. First is if they behave like rich folks. Second is if their kid goes to the same school the rich kids go to.

Hindi medium is a fine bollywood movies. It has got moments of comedy, drama and it has a happy ending.

Hindi Medium may seem like a movie with a message. It isn’t. It is a commentary on society and the hypocrisy of people. Irony with the movie is that it is hypocritical in its approach, as it stereotypes people, i.e. How the rich folks have their superiority and the poor people endure all and go on about their daily lives without complaining. Maybe a movie for majority. This movie picks up issues relevant with present. But it does so only for the sake of either mocking them or showing them with occasional hint of overdoing it. It raises questions which are relevant with today, but answers are left to the viewer as happy ending just serves as a happy ending, for the sake of watching a feel-good movie.

For all it is, it is an enjoyable bollywood movie.

Mirzya : pretentious

I watched Mirzya today, and I am late to the bashing party.

What is Mirzya?
It has been a hour since I walked out of auditorium and reached home, and it still puzzles me. Mirzya is much more than a bad movie, certain things make it measly tolerable.

The songs and the background music is good. Locations used in the film are picturesque. But this is where good things come to a screeching halt.

To start with, this movie, Supposedly inspired from Sahiba-Mirza story, a tragic romance of Punjab, tells two story. The one is of Mohnish and Suchita, two childhood friends, who separates due to some unfortunate events. The second is where some people are racing and practicing their archery skills, and they face fireballs and fireworks, where our hero, despite all odds, impresses the heroine.

The two tales, makes no sense. The actors are on screen, perhaps doing their acting. To be honest, they are just trying to bullshit their way through the film. All this on the name of a love story.

Points Where the Movie is Pointless
1. Kid Mohnish knocks down the Teacher, with a weapon he stole from Suchi’s home, mercilessly. He is barely twelve years old, yet he shows no emotion when he kills. How is this love? I’d have taken this, if Mohnish was a young adult. Fuck love, this kid needs a Psychologist.

2. Why are there so many people doing random things at random intervals?

3. The Prince shot down the horse, but spared Adil when he saw the big CGI Cat. And how Adil befriended the big CGI Cat, when he is wounded.

4. Why the lady, after he helps Suchi run, slits her wrists? I know there are hints of unrequited love, but cutting wrists, what is the point?

5. After Mohnish gunned down the teacher, Suchi is sent away. And when she comes back, it just takes a couple of horseride sessions and chitchat, most of chat done by Suchi, to make them fall in love again. Perhaps she remembered him and their young love, and how in their young love they came down from the top to bottom on cycle. That cycle ride must’ve been a exhilarating and elating experience, for she remembered it for their love.

This Movie is Poetic
It can be. Or it is just a excuse.

The songs, especially Nadi and Pyaar ke Teen Gawah, have imagery and lines which are poetic in expression. Add to it, the picturesque locations and the music, they make this movie tolerable. But this poetic illusion takes a backseat when the actors on screen do nonsense and their acts are stupid.

Little the movie has for real. A lot it has to seem pretentious.

The Jungle Book : Perfect

Jungle Jungle Baat chali hai pata chala hai, chaddi pehenke phool khila phool khila hai

The Jungle Book on Sahara One, was one of the few cartoons I was fortunate enough to see. This show was the sole reason I picked up its source book and started reading books.

The Jungle Book was published in 1894, i.e. the nineteenth century. This classic of Rudyard Kipling, since then, has been used multiple times to create cartoons, cartoon movies and other media works who were based on it. Perhaps the most known of them being the Disney classic movie of the same name which was released in 1967.

The Jungle Book is a live-action movie, with CGI accompanying it to create the world of Mowgli. So, Mowgli is a kid who has been living in the Jungle with wolves for as long as he can remember. Life is all merry and happy for him, until Shere Khan comes along and threatens him. It is then, he is forced to leave his family and friends i.e. the wolves behind and seek man’s company.

Jon Favreau is just to the film in a way which shows itself. The CGI extravagance, despite constituting the majority of film, never overwhelms. It rather feels lifelike at moments, often forcing me to think how much CGI has progressed over the years. Also one thing I noted was the change of King Louie from an Orangutan to a relatively big monkey whom I don’t know about. It makes no sense for a film which is set in India to have a animal character as native which is not native to it.

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Batman Vs Superman : Dawn of DC Shared Universe

DC is late to the shared universe party which Marvel started successfully. And now they are doing it as soon as possible.

BvS starts with a simple but nonetheless exciting promise; that we’ll see Superman and Batman joining hands, whether in battle or in situations. But it goes beyond this simple promise. At 2 hours and 33 minutes, it is a long movie. And also a tedious one to watch. The entire first half of the movie is muddled. Introducing new characters, setting up plot, providing themroom to develop, this movie has both of its hands full at anytime that it fails to pickup anything which falls.

So, the whole world is bent on whether Superman is a threat or a gift to mankind. Some people like him, some do not. Affleck’s Batman hate him for the mayhem he caused, and Lex, well he has always hated him. Miss Prince appears now and then, reminding viewers she’s also here in the superhero brawl.

Cavill’s Superman is, if anything, more muscular. Affleck’s Batman is angrier. Lex is a little sissy whose favorite toy has been taken away. Lane is busy acting Damsel in distress.

Second half is where things get a little interesting. Batman and Superman fight it out, Justice League members have their cameo, Miss Prince finally comes out of the closet, Lex releases Doomsday (or say CGI extravagance). In between them, little remains of the original promise.

Another summer mindless action CGI flick, it is. I had hopes with it, alas! they were not met.

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Chef : Delicious

I have just watched ‘Chef.’ It is a delicious movie.

Written, directed and produced by Jon Favreau, this movie is about a Chef, who has just lost his job and as the movie progresses, it talks about passion, relationships and going back to roots, or basics.

It is a delicious movie, and I do mean it. Visually appeasing food to clever and humorous banter just in right quantities, this one is just perfect.

The story unfolds turn by turn. One of its subplot features a ripped family, which gets back eventually. Also, it is really a treat to watch as the son-father duo, down the road, get closer and come to share a bond.

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